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Three Alarm Fire, As He Pleased

Three Alarm Fire under Joel Rosario

October 03, 2014 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds’ and Michael Basone’s 3-year-old gelding Three Alarm Fire caused more than a few heads to turn with a scintillating win in a first level allowance race on Wednesday afternoon at Belmont Park. The Tom Albertrani trainee was deemed a TDN Rising Star with an effort worthy of a 103 Beyer Speed Figure. It was just the third trip to the races for the aptly named son of Pyro out of Tres Tres Joli.

Three Alarm Fire could be the most naturally talented horse to ever run under the black and gold. “As Andy Serling talked about, it’s pretty special to run a 103 Beyer without exerting much effort at all,” said WPT president Terry Finley. “The phrase is overused, but I think he could turn out to be the best horse we’ve ever owned. We were on cloud nine yesterday.”

For the second time in a row, jockey Joel Rosario never even cocked his stick and glided home under a hand ride. “This was so easy for him,” said Rosario. “Down the backside I was in a great spot. He wanted to fight me a little but I knew I had a ton of horse and was on cruise control. I never really asked him. He’s a very good horse.”




“Are you going to the Breeders’ Cup?” We’ve been asked that question multiple times since the win yesterday. After internal discussion amongst WPT team members, the Breeders’ Cup is off the table for Three Alarm Fire. He’s pointing for the $200,000 Discovery Handicap (G3) for 3-year-olds run at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, November 1 at Aqueduct.

“His numbers would certainly put him in the mix in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and we entertained the possibility” said Chief Operating Officer Tom Bellhouse. “With that said, he hasn’t been two turns yet, and as talented as he is, it would be a huge task to face the best milers in the world in just his fourth career start. The Discovery gives us a shot to run against three-year-olds while seeing if he’s as brilliant around two turns that he is around one.”

Interesting fact: Three Alarm is the ONLY offspring of Pyro competing in the United States. His dam, Tres Tres Joli was bred to Pyro in Japan before being sent back to the United States to deliver her foal. Click here to read more.